Town of Windsor celebrates Constitution Week

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 19, 2013
Connecticut DAR Constitution Week Chair Niki Rittenhouse and State Regent April Staley pose with the proclamation from Gov. Dannel Malloy declaring Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week in Connecticut. They both attended the public reading of the Constitution on Sept. 15 in Windsor. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Connecticut DAR Constitution Week Chair Niki Rittenhouse and State Regent April Staley pose with the proclamation from Gov. Dannel Malloy declaring Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week in Connecticut. They both attended the public reading of the Constitution on Sept. 15 in Windsor. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Sept. 17 marks the day on which Americans celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. In 1787, the Constitution Convention convened and drafted this long-lasting document which has helped to govern our nation and many others, as hundreds have used it as a model from which to create their own constitutions.

Did you for know, for example, that the U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words in it?  The original document was penned by Jacob Shallus, a Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for the cost of $30.  Neither Thomas Jefferson nor John Adams signed the document, as they were both out of the country at the time it was completed.

Connecticut signers of the Constitution included William S. Johnson, who was the president of Columbia College and later a senator. The other Nutmeg-signer, Roger Sherman, was a U.S. representative.

The Windsor Historical Society, the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, and the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution co-sponsored an afternoon event on Sunday, Sept. 15, to sing a happy 226th birthday to the document.  State DAR Constitution Week Chair Niki Rittenhouse organized the event, which included a complete reading of the Constitution.

“It’s just about honoring the founders of our country and all the thought they put into our Constitution when they established it,” said Rittenhouse. “We are an organization that promoted the preservation of our history,” she said.

This is the third year in which the Constitution Celebration event was held.

After convening at the Windsor Historical Society, the group moved down the street to the Oliver Ellsworth House, where a public reading of the U.S. Constitution was held.

“[The DAR] wants people to remember what the founders were about,” said Rittenhouse.


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